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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

September 23, 2021

Y'all don't wanna wear masks. Y'all don't wanna get a shot. But y'all still wanna be out here hoppin' on planes, trains, and automobiles. Okay, fine. Well, here are some fool-proof tips for staying safe while traveling right now. If you're not about a mask or a vax, pay special attention to tip number one. And then we're on to our book ...

Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-Vingts Jour is a story about a man so bored with his life that he may rob a bank, definitely beats up a priest, and travels around the world while learning nothing about the cultures that inhabit it.

Still, this mindful romp has delighted readers for over a century, proving there's perhaps no better vacation than the one we give our brain.

The traveler: Phileas Fogg

The Book: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

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The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (Spoiler-Free (Basically))

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (Spoiler-Free (Basically))

September 16, 2021

NOTE: Avoid spoilers by skipping 48:23 - 58:08

Today, we go back to high school as Alexis teaches us the elemental points of Greek tragedy, prepping our discussion of this week's book (which itself is a tragedy in more ways than one). What is a Greek tragedy, and which notable writers lifted the formula for their works? Broaching this topic is sure to make you blind with delight. (See what I did there?)  

Then, on to our book: Folks are dying all over campus, and one therapist-turned-detective knows who's behind the bodies, or does she? Coming head to head with the university's most beloved professor will either land her on the right side of justice or six feet underground. Follow our self-appointed sleuth through the murky waters of speculation and circumstantial evidence until everyone knows the truth except her.

Let's get LIT!

 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

September 9, 2021

This here's a very special episode! Before officially launching this podcast in 2020, we recorded months of episodes exclusively for a pool of private test listeners. Those listeners then provided feedback, and we improved the show based on their comments.

Now, we proudly would like to share with you the fourth episode, previously unreleased - it's a real LOCO motive. (groan.)

So, boom, here it is. The Orient Express, a luxurious train occupied by a motley group of passengers, is halted in the middle of the night by a blizzard — and a murder. (dun dun DUN!)

Under the darkness of night, a passenger has been brutally stabbed to death. One detective must solve the case before the killer strikes again! 

The book: Murder on the Orient Express

The detective: Hercule Poirot

Let's get LIT!

ReLIT: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir

ReLIT: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir

September 2, 2021

This Thursday we're getting reLIT with a throwback to one of our favorite shows from season one!

📖 Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir.

A streetwise hustler grows up during America’s fight against drugs, poverty, and civility. He takes the lessons he’s learned and marries them to the philosophies and ideologies he picks up as an avid reader. With this knowledge, and after two trips to Africa, which inspired his path, he begins working on his life’s biggest hustle. He’s all in, but will his underground lifestyle take him OUT for good?

The hustler’s name is Daniel Day.

The book is Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem.

LET’S GET LIT! See you Thursday!

Opening song: Men at Work by Kool G Rap;

Break Song: Money Makes Us Happy by Skyzoo f/ Black Thought and Bilal.

The video Kari refers to is by AT&T, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb_sjwUq7Jk

 

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Part 2)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Part 2)

August 26, 2021

Before finishing our discussion of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, we're talking about the first black pilots who helped us all get flewed out. Never forget, they broke boundaries and shattered ceilings so that none of us would have to fly Spirit today. They were uppity in more ways than one, and we can't help but aspire to their level flyness.

Then it's on to Caste, a book Kari calls "a history book somewhat like any other you'd find in a well-stocked high school classroom." Of course, there are a few key differences. For one, Caste doesn't fade to black when it comes to the horrors of post-slavery America. It also lays out Nazi obsession with the American caste system and the reasons why our brand of cruelty was so popular with "der Führer". 

Got the bandwidth for uncomfortable facts? This episode’s for you! 

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (PART 1)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (PART 1)

August 19, 2021

Caste is a history book somewhat like any other you'd find in a well-stocked high school classroom. The difference is that its contents dissect a country's most embarrassing and evil parts, lighting the anger and disbelief of purposely obtuse skeptics. However, it is complete with sources, and none of its information is new. It reminds us that no matter how embarrassed or angry we become by it, history does not change. 

 

The book? Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 

 

The author? Isabel Wilkerson

 

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NOTE: Article from THE GUARDIAN is accidentally referenced as being from THE ATLANTIC: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/feb/06/race.usa

 

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More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

August 12, 2021

In a memoir about standing up and standing out, one writer-slash-fashion editor must weave her way through society’s expectations, cheating boyfriends, and the racism, sexism, and doing-too-much-ism of corporate before finding she needs none of it to be enough.

 

The editor? Elaine Welteroth

 

The book: More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

 

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Theme of the week topic source: https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/how-to-ask-for-a-pay-rise

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The Wedding by Dorothy West

The Wedding by Dorothy West

August 5, 2021

Before Tom Joyner was cruising with your parents, Black Americans enjoyed resorts and vacations for us by us. What is the history of Black getaways? That's our theme this week. It's a lot of fun. Then, on to our book.

 

There's death in the air, even though this summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard, a wealthy, upper-class Black American beauty is planning her wedding to a white jazz musician of little means. Her eagerness to pursue a new life with one outside of her class and race forces everyone in her family to face their fears and insecurities and drives one man to desperation as he vows to take the soon-to-be bride for himself. Within 24 hours, secrets are unloaded, hearts are broken. Will former sins bring new woe's to the families both elevated and captivated by their past. By the end of summer, will they stand before an alter or a casket?

 

The bride-to-be? Shelby Cole

 

The book: The Wedding by Dorothy West

 

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One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race by Yaba Blay

One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race by Yaba Blay

July 29, 2021

Who's black?
Who's white?
And who cares?

One researcher challenges us to re-examine our self-identity.
She explores how historical definitions of race continue to shape contemporary racial identities and lived experiences.
Through a series of interviews and profiles, we realize race isn't black and white.

The researcher? Dr. Yaba Blay

The book: One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race

 

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

July 22, 2021

The power of genius is considered the key to success in life and business. That genius, it is thought, cannot be earned; it is divinely gifted. Inexplicable.

However, one writer follows exceptional cases and arrives at one conclusion: The power of genius is nothing compared to The Power of Community.

The latter made the Beatles THE BEATLES. When you have the ability, this writer concludes, what gets you to the top is not genius. It's work. What's more, the exact amount of work necessary to reach outlier status is quantifiable: 10,000 hours = or 3 hrs per day / 20hrs per week for ten years.

The writer: Malcolm Gladwell

The book: Outliers

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